Message from the Board

It has been a busy spring for the Friends.

Our Book Sale Operations Team, Alice Springer and her Assistant Katy Bourne, have had many successes:

  • We have recruited many new and some former volunteers sorting books at our new location.
  • We welcomed work teams from Whole Foods, Starbucks, the Seattle Women’s Foundation and the UW Graduate School of Engineering to assist with sorting, boxing and sale activities.
  • We received six palettes of new books from publishers attending the ALA winter conference.
  • We have implemented new scanning and book-listing software that is proving to be financially successful.
  • We look forward to our Summer Book Sale on June 22nd and 23rd at North Seattle Community College.
  • We also look forward to a “big” Fall Sale at Magnuson Park September 20-22, with a member only preview in the evening of the 20th.

The Friends has distributed roughly half of our Title I school vouchers. The program is made possible by an ongoing grant from the Renee B. Fischer Foundation. Teachers use their $100 vouchers to obtain books for their classroom libraries.

Through our partnership with Discover Books, the Friends has provided nearly 5000 in books to elementary school children at two Title I schools, bringing the total number of books we’ve distributed to well over 10,000 since staring the program last fall.  A third “give-away” is scheduled for June.

The FriendShop has completed its second successful “Pop-Up” sale, most recently at the Northeast Branch. At the request of The Library, Board and Shop volunteers have participated in each of the Sunday branch opening celebrations.

The Friends is hosting a Candidates Read event on June 17th at the Central Library. Each of Seattle’s mayoral candidates will be reading a selection from his or her favorite book or author. Library Board President, Dan Dixon, will be moderating the event. Event details will be posted on the Friends’ website, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages. We look forward to seeing many of you that evening!

We continue to be grateful to our many members and volunteers. Through your efforts and support, we are able to fulfill our mission of supporting The Library and its strategic goals and service priorities.

Respectfully submitted,

Maggie Taylor


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